Journalist honoured for outstanding health and safety reporting

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - IAPA has proudly awarded Dan Birch with
a 2009 IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety
    Dan, a journalist with OHS Canada magazine, was honoured with the Award
for Trade Media: Excellence in Print Feature Reporting, for his article "Under
Fire", a thought provoking piece discussing the non-traditional workplace
health and safety concerns of police officers. Originally published in the
June 2008 issue of the magazine, "Under Fire" tells personal stories of
officers who have lost their lives while on duty with the RCMP, explains the
dangers of the job, the financial challenges that the RCMP face in correcting
the issue, and the fine line between the safety of the lone officer and the
safety of the individual(s) needing police intervention.
    The IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards were established to honour outstanding
journalism that enhances the public awareness and understanding of
occupational health and safety issues in Ontario. This is the second year for
the award. Media were invited to submit work in four categories: television
feature reporting, radio feature reporting, and print feature reporting
(consumer and trade publications). Twenty-one submissions were received for
2009 Award consideration.
    "We are very proud to recognize Dan with an IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Award.
His work embodies a commitment to excellent journalism and has raised the
profile of workplace health and safety with the masses," says Maureen Shaw,
IAPA President and CEO. "At IAPA, we work to improve the quality of life in
workplaces and communities we serve. We recognize that the partnership and
support of the media is invaluable in educating the public on the enormity of
these issues and we encourage more journalists to tackle these very important
topics and help us in our mission to initiate societal change."
    A panel of IAPA staff, including Vice President Client Services Division,
Michael Abromeit, Manager, Corporate Communications, Holly-Ann Campbell,
Corporate Communications and PR Specialists, Meagan Parker and Lena Wan,
Information Resources Consultant, Cyrus Gordon, and IAPA Board member, Cheryl
Gasparet, were joined with media professionals, to judge each entry that was
received. Journalistic analysis was provided by public relations professional,
Edye Rome, Accident Prevention magazine editor, Scott Williams, and University
of Western Ontario journalism professor, Cliff Lonsdale.
    Dan was presented with his award today in front of over 1,600 health and
safety professionals and fellow media representatives at Health & Safety
Canada 2009, IAPA's annual health and safety conference and trade show, taking
place April 20 - 22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
    The IAPA Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety
Reporting is an annual award open to all radio, television, and print
(consumer and trade) media broadcast and distributed in Ontario. The 2010
Awards will be expanded to include student print and radio media. The Award
was named after Russ Ramsay, IAPA's Executive Vice-President and General
Manager from 1987-1995, a health and safety advocate, former Ontario Minister
of Labour, and member of the broadcasting industry for over 30 years.
    The award winning piece will be available on the IAPA website

    IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) is a not-for-profit,
member-driven organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing
approximately 50,000 member firms and more than 1.5 million Ontario workers,
IAPA is Canada's leader in workplace health, safety, and employee well-being.
IAPA is focused on providing industry-leading training, consulting,
educational products, and informational services that meet our members' needs
and the needs of those in their communities. IAPA is also recognized as a
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and an
International Labour Organization - CIS Collaborating Centre. IAPA is ISO 9001
certified, has been awarded the NQI PEP(R) Level 4 for Quality Certificate,
and the Canada Awards for Excellence Gold Trophy Awards for both Quality and
Healthy Workplace.

    ATTENTION MEDIA: IAPA is now accepting applications for the 2010 IAPA
Russ Ramsay Media Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety Reporting. All
Ontario trade and consumer media - print (newspapers or magazines), radio, and
television - distributed and broadcast in Ontario are invited to submit pieces
of work focusing on workplace health and safety. Universities and colleges are
also invited to submit work in the Student Media print and radio categories.
Only work published or aired between January 1 and December 31, 2009 will be
eligible. For award consideration, all materials must be submitted to IAPA by
Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

    For more information on IAPA's programs, products, services, and awards
programs, visit IAPA's website at

For further information:

For further information: or for a photo of the award presentation,
please contact: Holly-Ann Campbell, Corporate Communications, Manager, IAPA
(Industrial Accident Prevention Association), Tel: (905) 614-4272, ext. 2437,

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